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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: you made me a hero

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero“ back home by granting him a private audience at the Vatican on Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to …


Pope marks joyful Christmas Eve after less-than-joyful year

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Vatican office lifts veil, revealing vast caseload of abuse

The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this year, including from countries it had not heard …


Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican’s highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy“ has been …


Pope’s Amazon synod proposes married priests, female leaders

Catholic bishops from across the Amazon have called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the priest shortage in the region, in an historic proposal that would …


Pope’s bodyguard resigns over new financial leaks scandal

Pope Francis’ chief bodyguard resigned Monday over the leak of a Vatican police flyer identifying five Holy See employees who were suspended as part of a financial investigation.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Vatican lifts French archbishop’s immunity in groping probe

The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men.


Amid sex abuse scandals, Vatican upholds confession secrecy

Amid pedophile clergy scandals, the Vatican has declared “unacceptable” any efforts by politicians or lawmakers to force priests violate their sacred obligation to keep secret what faithful tell them in …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

From the Vatican to the U.S. Congress, expressions of anguish, empathy and outrage poured out Wednesday over the photos of a migrant father and young daughter who drowned while trying …


Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make …


Pope wants to visit Iraq in 2020, berates arms exporters

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq next year, although a date for a trip hasn’t been announced.


Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to ‘hiring a hitman’

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to …


Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of …


Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not police

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church …


Vatican meets lawyers opposed to the criminalization of gays

International lawyers researching the criminalization of homosexuality met Friday with the Vatican secretary of state and urged the Holy See to publicly oppose such laws and “conversion” therapies for gays.


Pope replaces Santiago bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up

Pope Francis on Saturday replaced Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati as archbishop of Santiago, Chile, after he was placed under criminal investigation in the country’s spiraling church sex abuse and cover-up scandal.


Women take Catholic bishops to task at Vatican abuse summit

A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling Catholic leaders Saturday that they must admit their …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Survivors of clergy sexual abuse met with organizers of a Vatican prevention summit Wednesday and demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and for religious superiors to be held accountable when …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics

The Vatican and Microsoft are teaming up to promote ethics in artificial intelligence.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

Ex-Vatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

Italian news agency ANSA says a monsignor who had worked as a senior Vatican accountant has been convicted of corruption in connection with a failed cash-smuggling plot.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem.


Vatican: No prior accusation of sex abuse against Argentine

The Vatican is insisting there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a …


Vatican: Argentine bishop at Holy See under investigation

The Vatican has confirmed that an Argentine bishop, who resigned suddenly in 2017 for stated health reasons and then landed a top administrative job at the Holy See, is under …


AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines U.S. cardinal on abuse

The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the …


Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Pope: Church will ‘never again’ cover up clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis demanded Friday that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in and vowed that the Catholic Church will “never again” hide their crimes.